The Harvard wrestling team lost two tight matches Saturday against Brown and Boston University, 22-17 and 21-17, respectively. Both the Bears and the Terriers jumped out to early leads, but the Crimson stayed within striking distance, and both matchups came down to the final pairings.
No. 8 co-captain Walter Peppelman and No. 12 junior Steven Keith won both of their matches, while four other Harvard wrestlers recorded a win on the day.
The Crimson began the day with a road trip to Providence, where the team took on its Ivy League foe, the Bears.
After traveling back to campus, Harvard prepared to face the Terriers in a night match for the Charles Cup trophy.
With the score at 18-17, the match came down to the heavyweights. BU's Kevin Innis got the first takedown, but an escape by the Crimson freshman David Ng put their score at 2-1. With the crowd excitement escalating, both wrestlers kept making tries at their opponent's legs. But in the end, Innis recorded two more takedowns, and BU came out with the win.
—Staff writer Taryn I. Kurcz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.